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The History of Brunch

In the last decade or so, brunch has made its way back into the American spotlight. From Mother’s Day outings to hangover recovery, bacon and eggs with a side of mimosas have become a weekend standard. However, many might not know its humble origins or how it caught on so quickly. About a decade ago, being spotted with a cocktail in your hand along with your first meal of the day might have raised eyebrows. Possibly concern. So how did this hybrid meal come to be?

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It might not seem like quite a feat of imagination to replace breakfast and lunch with a meal that’s smack in between. Some sources claim that it originated in New York, which is why eggs benedict and lox are popular brunch items. Others say that it came from the Catholic tradition of fasting before Sunday mass, and then having a meal together after.

We do know that the term “brunch” was first coined by the Englishman, Guy Beringer in his essay, “Brunch: A Plea.” Appearing in an 1895 issue of Hunter’s Weekly, he made an argument for a lighter mid-morning meal after church rather than the traditional, heavy, Sunday dinner.

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The brunch craze didn’t pick-up momentum in the United States until the 1930’s. Film buffs reading this might recognize this as the beginning of the Classical Age of Hollywood when films with sound became popular. Back then, they were called talkies.

Much like today, actors would go around on tours to promote their newest films. Back then, the most practical and luxurious way to get around the country was by train. During trips between Los Angeles and New York, movie stars would make a halfway stop in Chicago. There, they would have their brunch stop. It gave them time to get off the train, fulfill their need for a breakfast favorite, and wash it down with a decadent spirit.

Although brunch was commonly associated with the movers and the shakers, it’s now finding its way into the routines of average Americans.

The Brunch Renaissance

In around the last decade or so, brunch has been picking up a bit of momentum. You can even tell with trends in Google search.


Some give the credit to brunch’s rise in popularity to urban dwelling millennials. Restaurants in cities have been finding a way to cater to the late rising college kids on weekends. Much like in its original roots, brunch isn’t just a time frame for a meal. It’s about meeting with friends, socializing, and having a great bite to eat.

Much like many other food trends, brunch has been growing in popularity in cities around the coasts spreading across many demographics. Almost every restaurant puts their own spin on this weekend favorite. Being the prime British pub in the area, we take brunch bake to its roots with a bit of new twist.

Starting at 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays, come in for various British breakfast classics such as bubble and squeak, beans on toast, and many others. Take a bite off the hair of the dog that bit you with our brunch favorites such as the bloody mary and mimosas.